Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

August, 2010
Regional Report

Tool or Gardening Product

Rowcover Fabric
Most gardeners have heard of using rowcover fabric for protecting plants against a light frost or against hungry pests. This product also works well to provide light shade to help new transplants adjust to the open garden. It also help seedlings get off to a good start by shading the soil slightly and slowing the drying of soil in the seed bed. Provide a little support to keep the fabric off of the soil and allow some air movement around the transplants and seedlings.

Clever Gardening Technique

Early Start on Fall Transplants
When it is still too hot to plant seeds of cool season plants out in the garden, you can get an early start by planting in transplant trays underneath the outer canopy of a large tree. This provides considerable light for the sprouting seedlings but much cooler growing conditions. Once the transplants have a few true leaves and are ready to set out, they are more able to withstand the garden conditions and you have a big head start on the fall season.


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